Dennis DeYoung, former singer and songwriter of Chicago-based rock group Styx, will perform for one night only at the 2012 Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops on July 14, at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion at the Columbus Commons. DeYoung will perform with his five-piece band, guest Broadway vocalists, and and the Columbus Symphony in a unique, symphonic rock experience that combines the impact of a live orchestra with The Edge of a rock band, bringing new power and feeling to such classics as "Lady," "Babe," "Come Sail Away," "Mr. Roboto," "Grand Illusion," "Lorelei," "Suite Madame Blue," "Rockin' the Paradise," "Don't Let It End," plus many more including solo works and new music.
The 2012 Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops presents Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.) on Saturday, July 14, at 8pm. Tickets are $23 for adults when purchased in advance by phone at 614.228.8600, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.). Adult tickets are $25 at the gate on the night of the show. Tickets for children ages 3-14 are always $8 regardless of when or where they are purchased. Children 2 and under are free.
Central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster locations will offer Picnic with the Pops tickets at a discounted price of $20 for adults. The $8 children's tickets are also available for purchase at these locations.
In 2002, WTTW Chicago PBS taped DeYoung performing with his rock band, a full symphony orchestra, and The Chicago Children's Choir for PBS' "Soundstage." That "Soundstage" pledge program is currently airing nationwide on PBS stations. DeYoung followed this PBS performance by recording his live symphony orchestra concert in 2003 at the historic Chicago Theatre.
DeYoung and film composer Alan Silvestri rearranged and re-orchestrated "Grand Illusion" for symphony orchestra and rock band, which closes the IMAX film Siegfried and Roy: The Magic Box. His latest ventures include "Come Sail Away" featured in the Disney movie Atlantis, Ja Rule covering one of his never released Styx songs "Castle Walls," Foxy Brown sampling "Light Up," and a spoof of "Mr. Roboto" in Austin Powers – Goldmember.
DeYoung's songs have appeared in a variety of movies and television shows, including Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides; Adam Sandler's Big Daddy and 8 Crazy Nights; New Line Cinema's Detroit Rock City; DreamWorks' Old School starring Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn; Comedy Central's "South Park," NBC's "Ed" and "ER;" ABC's "Still Standing;" and CBS' "The King of Queens." Volkswagen turned "Mr. Roboto" into a national commercial. Universal Hippo Records released a compilation of DeYoung's solo albums in their Ultimate Collection series, featuring music from "Desert Moon," "Back to the World," and "Boomchild."
Recently, DeYoung wrote and recorded a song for his wife Suzanne's soon-to-be-published book, A Love Foretold.